Change-log of “Batteries in a Portable World,” 4th edition: Chapters 1 - 3

The 4th edition of Batteries in a Portable World contains large volumes of firsthand information that is not available in the 3rd edition of the book with same title. The 4th edition would have grown beyond 360 pages had the layout not been tightened and some text removed and condensed. To examine topics of interest, the author checked traffic on BatteryUniversity.com and found constructive pointers. The most visited webpages are [1] How to Prolong Lithium-based Batteries, [2] Charging Lithium-ion, [3] Charging Lead Acid, [4] Serial and Parallel Configurations, and [5] Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM).

All chapters were updated and the number of tables and figures was increased from 173 in the previous version to 248. The 3rd edition has 318 pages; the 4th edition is at 360. The table below lists the “must have” content that is relevant today and is not present in the 3rd edition. Chapters 4 - 10 can be found here
 

Page

Title

Content

Chapter 1 – Crash Course on Batteries

27

Battery Breakthroughs: Myth or Fact?

Keeping media and battery hype at bay

28

Getting to Know the Battery

Basic battery elements; explaining W and Wh

29

The Octagon Battery

What makes a battery a battery

33

Battery Building Blocks

Why is the battery anode negative? Building blocks

41

Choices of Primary Batteries

Applications, limitations and caution

Chapter 2 – Battery Types

52

Advanced Lead-carbon

What makes this innovative battery so unique?

57

Nickel-iron, Nickel-zinc, Nickel-hydrogen

A summary of classic nickel-based batteries

62 63
65
66
68
69

Lithium Cobalt Oxide
Lithium Manganese Oxide
Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide
Lithium Iron Phosphate
Lithium Nickel Cobalt Aluminum Oxide
Lithium Titanate

Explaining the different lithium-ion systems in terms of capacity, charge and discharge voltages, recommended loading, cycle life, safety and typical applications

78

Supercapacitor applications

Supercapacitor vs. flywheel to bridge power gaps

86

Flow Battery

Description, function and applications

91

Solid-state Lithium

Advantages, potential and further areas of development

92

Sodium-ion (Na-ion)

Advantages and limitations

Chapter 3 – Packaging and Safety

106

Intrinsically Safe Batteries

Description, hazard levels and standards

108

What to Do when a Battery Overheats

Extinguishing a lithium fire; what not to do

112

Meeting Safety Approvals

Test procedures for Li-ion approval and norms

114

Battery Separator

Separator types; fuse action on Li-ion battery

116

Electrolyte

Catalyst that activates batteries

122

Battery Raw Materials

Lithium, graphite, graphene, cobalt and 17 more

Chapters 4 - 10 can be found here.

Last updated 2016-07-22 

 

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Comments

On August 2, 2016 at 3:17pm
Nelson Parra wrote:

Will There be a Kindle version of the new 4th edition of “Batteries in a Portable World - A Handbook on Rechargeable Batteries for Non-Engineers?”

On August 16, 2016 at 8:17pm
Andre Ayvaz wrote:

I would like to know if the third edition I just bought on Amazon
will be automatically uodatef

On December 28, 2016 at 3:58am
Caro wrote:

Bonjour
Existe t-il une version traduite de cet ouvrage en français ?
Hello,
Is there a translated version of this book in French?